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NA deputies discuss anti-waste draft law

Update: November, 05/2013 - 09:04
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HA NOI (VNS)  — Consequences caused by wastefulness are as serious as those caused by corruption, but people who make decisions that waste investment have not been punished, nor do they take responsibility, deputies agreed while discussing the draft amended Law on Thrift Practice and Wastefulness Prevention yesterday.

Chairman of the NA's Finance-Budget Committee Phung Quoc Hien said the draft law already included regulations of responsibilities of individuals who directly cause wastefulness or leaders of agencies or organizations who let their subordinates violate the law.

However, deputy Truong Thai Hien from southern Kien Giang Province said the regulations in the draft law were still very vague. He suggested those who caused wastefulness must compensate or be dismissed.

Deputy Nguyen Thi Kim Thuy in central Da Nang City raised the question of how to deal with those people who issue unsuitable policies or make improper State budget use decisions that could lead to the waste of trillions of dong.

She said she found that no one took responsibility for a series of projects being licensed beyond the planning stage which resulted in excessive productivity and loss in business.

She gave an example of the removal of more than 400 hydropower plants out of the planning, asking who would take the responsibility when the environment was negatively affected by the construction of the plants.

Deputy Ngo Thi Minh from northern province of Quang Ninh suggested ministries and agencies co-operate more closely to prevent wastefulness. She gave an example of how a stretch of pavement could be built and excavated many times to repair water pipelines or communication cables.

Deputy Ngo Thi Minh from northern province of Quang Ninh.—VNA/VNS Photo

Making investment decisions not based on the Government's planning or consulting advice from scientists and experts has led to many uncompleted projects, she added.

Related to the scope of law, deputy Tran Hong Tham in southern Can Tho Province and Siu Huong from Central Highland province of Gia Lai said the draft law should only regulate thrift practice and wastefulness prevention in using and managing public assets and other resources of the State sector.

Deputy Do Van Ve from northern Thai Binh Province agreed, saying that individuals and organisations have the right to use their assets and money, therefore, the Government should only encourage them to practice thrift, rather than legalise their activities.

However, deputy Truong Thi Yen Linh in southernmost province of Ca Mau said the regulation was unfeasible, as it would be difficult for residents to detect the wastefulness of State agencies because their spending was an internal affairs.

Deputy To Van Tam from Central Highland province of Kon Tum and deputy Luu Thi Huyen in northern Ninh Binh Province proposed the necessity to regulate the role and responsibility of media agencies in detecting wastefulness and promoting thrift practice.

The draft law is expected to be passed by the National Assembly by the end of the meeting session.

Resolution 38 review

During the afternoon session, NA deputies discussed the revision of Resolution 38 on the construction of the Ho Chi Minh Highway, which connects the north and the south of Viet Nam.

Most deputies agreed the project was conducted solidly, in line with the requirements of Resolution 38.

However, considering the project started long ago – the first phase was launched in 2000 - yet some targets set by Resolution 38 had still not been realised, deputies Nguyen Thi Nguyet Huong and Bui Thi An from Ha Noi said the Resolution need to be adjusted to suit current conditions.

Deputies also discussed the revised Customs Law.

While all agreed on the need to supplement a provision about risk management in customs activities, they said the contents and basic principles of risk management application had not been made clear to ensure the law's feasibility.

Many deputies asked for a reconsideration of the supplementary regulation allowing customs officials to chase those carrying illegally transported goods at the border from one area to another.

While agreeing on the importance of empowering customs officials, Le Minh Thong, a deputy from northern Thanh Hoa Province, said it was vital to clarify the pursuit process – how the pursuit should be conducted and how the customs force should co-operate with other key forces including the traffic and investigative police.

However, other deputies did not quite agree with the regulation, stating concerns over overlapping authority between customs forces and other forces, such as the border guards.

The deputies also asked for further specification on the provisions about customs profiles, as well as the customs inspection and supervision of goods circulated and traded by citizens at the border. — VNS

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